Perfect For Picnics: Quick Caprese Orzo Salad

It's easy to please with this quick-to-make Perfect Picnic Pasta Salad

Perfect For Picnics: Quick Caprese Orzo Salad

It's picnic season, and while we love dining al fresco, we fear food spoilage. With that in mind, we thought inside the box (as in as in the box of year-round juicy and flavourful cherry tomatoes and box of orzo pasta), and came up with this super simple and scrumptious Caprese Orzo Salad recipe—our take on the classic Italian salad. Perfect for picnics, this salad is a safe choiceit's a crowd-pleaser and a perfect warm-weather dish.
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
2 cups pearl (bite-sized balls) bocconcini cheese
¼ cup olive oil 
¼ cup chopped fresh basil 
1 small garlic clove, minced 
tsp kosher salt 
¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
1½ cups orzo 
2 tbsp olive oil 
 In a medium bowl, gently stir together tomatoes, bocconcini, olive oil, basil, garlic, salt and pepper. Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour, allowing flavours to blend. 
 For the orzo, in a medium pot, bring water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender. Drain well and place in a large bowl, allowing to cool for 20 minutes. 
 Add remaining 2 tbsp olive oil and tomato mixture to orzo, tossing to coat. 
(Serves 6)
For more quick, easy, and delicious salad ideas, check out these recipes for creamy broccoli salad and keep it simple salad.

Fab Father's Day Fare: Saucy Oven-Baked BBQ Ribs

A dry rub followed by a touch of sauce gives these oven-baked ribs fall off the bone flavour

Fab Father's Day Fare: Saucy Oven-Baked BBQ Ribs

We wish we had written the Chili's baby back rib anthem. You see, these easy oven-baked, tender and flavorful ribs make us want to sing. Marinated in a sweet and spicy dry rub and baked low and slow, the meat on these baby back ribs is so tender it falls off the bone. We want our baby back, baby back, baby back ribs...


2 (2 lb. each) racks baby back ribs

Rib Rub
½ cup brown sugar
2 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp kosher salt
1 tbsp garlic powder
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin 
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

½ cup beef broth

¾ cup of your favorite barbecue sauce


 To prepare the ribs, remove membrane from the underside of the ribs. In a medium bowl, mix together brown sugar, paprika, salt, garlic powder, chili powder, cumin and pepper. Generously rub ribs with spice mixture until evenly coated on all sides. Wrap ribs tightly in aluminum foil and marinate in the refrigerator anywhere from 6 hours to overnight. 

 Remove ribs from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before cooking. Preheat oven to 275ºF and line a shallow roasting pan with aluminum foil. Pour beef broth into the bottom of the roasting pan. Unwrap ribs from aluminum foil and place, meaty side up over broth. Cover pan tightly with 2 sheets of aluminum foil and bake 3 ½ hours until the meat falls easily from the bone. Remove from oven and carefully unwrap foil. Coat ribs with your favorite barbeque sauce and continue to bake uncovered 20 minutes more. 

Serves 4-6

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5 Foods You Need To Get Cooking (and Eating) Right Now!

Want to get healthy and feel good? It's time to add these foods to your diet

5 Foods You Need To Get Cooking (and Eating) Right Now!


Not only is kale one of the hippest ingredients around town, but it’s also one of the best for you. Known as a “superfood,” kale is a vegetable that most definitely packs a nutritional punch. Just one cup of this chopped leaf contains 9% of your daily calcium needs, 206% of vitamin A, 134% of vitamin C, and an astounding 684% of vitamin K. With its wealth of flavonoids, kale is both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, as well as a great source of minerals copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus. Best of all? It tastes great and is super simple to throw into just about anything. 

Get fresh forkfuls of kale with both this Lemon Kale Salad and Green Goddess Quinoa Salad.  


With its sweet, juicy, and watery crunch, this fruit offers both colour and flavor to any dish. That being said, what may be surprising is the multitude of health benefits that can also be enjoyed. Watermelon contains lycopene, an important nutrient that improves cardiovascular and bone health, and citrulline, another nutrient that helps to reduce body fat. It is rich in potassium, supporting both muscles and nerves, and while it may be 90% water, this melon somehow manages to still make room for one third of the recommended daily value of vitamins A and C. What are you waiting for? Sharpen those knives, cracks open those melons and start dicing some cubes!

Get your watermelon fix in both this tasty Watermelon & Arugula Salad and this refreshing Watermelon Cooler.


Most people know asparagus for its pungent effects post-consumption, but you may be surprised to learn of its other, preferably pleasant effects. Asparagus contains glutathione, which lends a hand to its antioxidant power. Furthermore, asparagus is a great source of fiber, folate, iron, vitamin A, C, E, and K. This slender veggie helps with high blood pressure and other heart conditions, all while offering kidney and bladder kidney support. In terms of prep, this nutrient-rich green is the perfect summer staple that can be topped or used to top any dish.

Get your whole family chowing down on this great veggie with these golden Parmesan-Crusted Asparagus


How can you not love berries, their vivacious colour, playful bite-size, and delightful taste? While we have name-dropped antioxidants before, when it comes to the job, no one can do it quite like berries can. Although they may be the tiniest of the bunch, berries are stocked with some of the most powerful antioxidants, including anthocynanins, quercetin, and vitamin C. As well, berries are high in water content but also in fiber and folate, meaning they fill you up while simultaneously aiding in weight loss, lowering cholesterol and blood pressure. With their easy nature and summery vibe, grab a handful and toss them in a salad, or just go ahead and eat them one by one. 

Looking for berrylicious recipes? Look no further than these Raspberry Meringue Nests, Strawberry Shortcakes and Blueberry Mojitos


We’re all a little nuts, so why not match our food to our psyches? Nuts are packed with protein, fiber, healthy fats, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and then some. More specifically, almonds are a great source of calcium and good for your skin, cashews help with age-related memory loss, pecans lower cholesterol and fight fatigue, pistachios keep hormones in check and walnuts fight cancer. So if you have yet to join the nutty train, we suggest you hop on this bandwagon stat! 

Go nuts with these amazing recipes, including an Apple, Mango & Spiced Pecan Coleslaw and a deliciously nutty Walnut Crusted Halibut.  

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